Home Invaders

Director Greg Wilson's "Home Invaders" is a cautionary tale about a young man who has to grow up fast to support the woman he loves, but is seduced by the fast money of the streets. Film does an excellent job of mixing violence with humor, and Luis Guzman is hilarious as a foul-mouthed criminal. 2nd half is weighted down by unnecessary plotting

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With: Yancey Arias, Keith David, Luis Guzman, Nelson Vasquez, Larry Gilliard Jr., Francis Leik, Judy Reyes, Anna Alvin.

Director Greg Wilson’s “Home Invaders” is a cautionary tale about a young man who has to grow up fast to support the woman he loves, but is seduced by the fast money of the streets. Film does an excellent job of mixing violence with humor, and Luis Guzman is hilarious as a foul-mouthed criminal. Though the first half of the story is well-paced, second half becomes weighted down by unnecessary plotting, and Keith David as criminal father figure to the youngster just doesn’t work. With Spike Lee’s backing, pic is likely to get limited distribution in urban venues. Angel (Yancey Arias) lands a job at a gas station to win back his girlfriend, Francine (Anna Alvin) who won’t marry him because he doesn’t have enough money. When the legit payday isn’t enough, Angel starts a credit card scam at the job, but he’s caught when he scams the wrong people — criminals Matador (David) and Peligro (Luis Guzman) — and is forced to become part of their burglary ring. Soon Angel’s swimming in dough, but things start to unravel when one robbery goes violently awry. Tech credits are pro.

Home Invaders

Production: An Arch Angel Entertainment production. Produced by Greg Wilson, David Singer, Rick Camillo, Chad Hunt. Executive producer, Spike Lee. Directed, written by Greg Wilson.

Crew: Camera (color), William Miller; editors, Anton Salaks; music supervisor, Wilson; art director, Nicole Craig; costume designer, Mildred Brigon. Reviewed at New York Latino Film Festival, July 18, 2002. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Yancey Arias, Keith David, Luis Guzman, Nelson Vasquez, Larry Gilliard Jr., Francis Leik, Judy Reyes, Anna Alvin.

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